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March 02 , 2011

The Cream

Retrospections of an Aviation Cadet


After earning his Wings and Commission, Harper graduated from B-26 Transition School and B-24 Transition School. He was rated First Pilot/Aircraft Commander in the B-26, B-25, B-24 and B-17. He also flew the P-40, and flew over 100 missions as pilot of the P-63 and RP-63 in the “Pinball” Program. The RP-63 was an armored version of the P-63, and was used as a target airplane in the training of Aerial Gunners. These “Pinball” missions were flown at great risk to the pilot.

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